By Christiana Ekpa
Governor Godwin Obaseki, on Monday, swore in Justice Joe Acha as the Acting Chief Judge of Edo State.
Obaseki charged Acha to carry out his duties with justice, honesty and transparency.
The swearing-in, held at the New Festival Hall in Government House, Benin, followed the retirement of Justice Esther Edigin.
Obaseki described the peaceful and orderly transfer of power within the leadership of all arms of government as the single most important hallmark of a civilized working democracy.
He urged Acha to always take to heart the solemn oath he swore, adding that the CJ is now the custodian of an institution that represents the last vestige of hope.
“It is my desire and prayer that the justice sector, under Your Lordship’s stewardship, will continue to wax stronger as an institution and deliver not just judgment but justice to all who come to you or before you.
“The government has, in the past, clearly declared support for the rapid development of the Judiciary as an institution, not just in terms of building infrastructure: We are very keen on changing and transforming all our institutions in Edo.”
The governor assured that his administration would help build the capacity of judges and staff in the judiciary system.
Acha, in his remarks, promised to continue to interface with other arms of government for justice delivery to the citizenry.
The CJ announced that in the coming weeks, he would embark on training of all registrars and secretaries to enhance their productivity